Congratulations to Lindsey Biel, an occupational therapist whose latest book, Sensory Processing Challenges just came out. If her name is familiar to you, it may be because we blogged about her a few years ago (see here). You can get a feel for her material through this informative YouTube video oriented toward sensory processing issues for those on the Autistic Spectrum.
Lindsey’s new book takes in the full range of sensory processing challenges, and as with her prior book she does a marvelous job guiding the public about vision. She gives a nice overview of vision as a sensory modality, including functional visual processing, elaborating on binocular vision, stereoscopic vision, ocular motor skills, visual attention and memory, and visual perceptual skills. In a later section entitled Developmental Optometrists and Other Vision Specialists, Lindsey cites guidelines from the AOA and clearly delineates the role of the developmental optometrist as distinct from the pediatric ophthalmologist. She identifies the former as an expert in functional and behavioral vision, and the latter as authoritative in surgery and disease. Lindsey notes: “A good place to find a qualified developmental optometrist is through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (covd.org).”